Top Brain, Bottom Brain
Top Brain, Bottom Brain
Surprising Insights Into How You Think
Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451645101, 222pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING contribution to the literature on human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer a novel way to learn about how each of us thinks. For the past fifty years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. It would be an illuminating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the Top Brain, Bottom Brain theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world until now.
With cowriter G. Wayne Miller, Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience, explains this exciting new theory for the first time. Kosslyn and Miller describe how the top and bottom parts of the brain work together, summarizing extensive research with ease and accessibility. In doing so, they introduce us to four modes of thought: Mover, Perceiver, Stimulator, and Adaptor.
These ways of thinking and behaving shape your personality, and with the scientifically developed test provided in the book, you ll quickly be able to determine which mode best defines your dominant way of thinking. Once you ve identified your dominant cognitive mode, you can reflect on the many possible practical applications from the way you conduct business to your relationships to your voyage of personal discovery.
"An exciting new way to think about our brains, and ourselves. Original, insightful, and a sweet read to boot."
-Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of the international best seller Stumbling on Happiness
"Kosslyn and Miller have written a lively, informative, and easily assimilated summary of several important principles of brain function for the general reader who does not have the time or background to follow the complexities of neuroscience research but would like a scaffolding on which to place the new facts that dominate each day's headlines."
-Jerome Kagan, emeritus professor of psychology, Harvard University
“A bold new theory, with intriguing practical implications, formulated by one of America’s most original psychologists.”
-Howard Gardner, co-author of The App Generation
"Kosslyn is one of the world’s great cognitive neuroscientists of the late 20th and early 21st century."
-Steven Pinker, bestselling author of The Language Instinct